Grand Jirga to give final approval of reforms package for FATA, Senate told


Abid Sher Ali says 94% of country getting uninterrupted electricity supply during Sehr and Iftar

Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch told the Senate on Wednesday that the committee headed by Adviser to prime minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz is finalising recommendations for reforms in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Abdul Qayyum, the minister said these recommendations will soon be presented before Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as well as the parliament for approval. He said a grand jirga may also be convened in order to get final approval of the reforms package for FATA from the tribal elders.

The minister said the committee has already held consultations with the tribal elders, FATA parliamentarians and other segments of the society to get their inputs on the FATA reforms. The committee also visited all the tribal agencies in this regard, he said.

Abdul Qadir Baloch said the tribal people are patriotic and have given immense sacrifices in the ongoing war against terrorism. He said our foremost effort is resettlement and rehabilitation of displaced families.

The Senate was also informed that the government is ensuring uninterrupted supply of electricity to 94 per cent areas of the country during Sehr and Iftar times.

This was stated by Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali while responding to a calling attention notice moved by Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh.

He said it is the utmost effort of the government to fully facilitate the power consumers in the holy month of Ramzan. He said that unscheduled load shedding is not being carried out in the country except the areas where percentage of losses is more than 60 per cent.